Meet Jo Anne
Jo Anne has years of experience advocating for tenants, particularly for low income tenants, and serving their interests and rights. She also taught courses on Aging and Society for many years at Brandeis University and has a great deal of expertise on issues about elder housing, the social issues elders face, and the psychological, medical, and economic well-being of elders. In 25 years of living in Arlington, she has studied the town closely as it has gone through many transformations, for the last few years reporting on the School Committee and other public bodies for Your Arlington. She seeks to ensure that Arlington is a welcoming and inclusive community. She serves now as a Town Meeting member for precinct 9. She is perceptive, compassionate, practical, hardworking, and intensely committed.
Jo Anne seeks to improve communication between the tenants and the Housing Authority by attending the Tenant Council meetings (and making sure that they meet regularly), and by making sure that the informal channels of communication through email, by telephone, and by personal contact remain open. She also is concerned with safety issues, such as with the crossing between Chestnut Manor and Arlington Center, where a pedestrian was recently killed in a traffic accident. Finally, when she served on the Thompson School rebuild committee, and on the Ottoson OPAC, she successfully wrote grants for books for the Thompson library, for art for the library, and for an architectural student intern to help design the rebuild of the Thompson. She intends to bring this grant-writing expertise to the AHA, in order to bring to Arlington some of the funds from the Community Preservation Act. She also would like to obtain grants to further fund the tutoring program at Menotomy Manor.
Jo Anne will work hard to improve the lives of our residents and to increase affordable housing in our town. Please give Jo Anne Preston your vote for the Arlington Housing Authority Board on June 6.
Here is Jo Anne at the ACMI Candidate’s Night Debate:
Here is an interview with Jo Anne on ACMI:
Here is an article about Jo Anne on yourarlington.com